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Leaders Valuing Nature: An Event on Nature’s Benefits for Sustainable Development

Date: 24 September 2013 Location: UNDP Headquarters, New York, NY Time: 8:30am-10:00am Host: The Nature Conservancy, UNDP and GLISPA

Description: "From small islands come big ideas. As were seeing here, from small islands come leaders of example," said Seychelles Ambassador Ronald Jumeau, referring to H.E. Senator Tony de Brum, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

During the week of the opening of the UN General Assembly in 2013, leaders focused on the global development agenda. Within this broad context of sustainable development, a focused side event highlighted the role that nature can play in helping to achieve social and economic development objectives.

The Governments of Seychelles, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Germany came together to share their experiences as to how investing in natural resource management is integral to their approach to development. The event coordinated by The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Development Programme and the Global Island Partnershipprovided an open information platform to share practical experiences and lessons learned across the sectors of forests, marine and coastal conservation and freshwater management.

The efforts of these leaders and organizations in being "pro-environment" are helping to lay the foundations for increasing food and water security, alleviating poverty, and increasing the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change. Featured on the panel were H.E. Tony de Brum, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Republic ofthe Marshall Islands, H.E. Ronny Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Republic of Seychelles, Kerstin Faehrmann of the BMZ, and Ms. Kathleen Hunt of UN Care International.

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